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Dr. Michael Michaels
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Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Overview)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with some medications or surgery.


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Describe the features of benign prostatic hyperplasia (b.P.H.).?

Describe the features of benign prostatic hyperplasia (b.P.H.).?

Obstruction of urine: It involves enlargement of prostatic stromal and epithelial cells, resulting in the formation of large, discrete nodules in the area of prostate surrounding the urethra. When sufficiently large, the nodules compress the urethra causing partial, or sometimes complete, blockage of the urethra, making one unable to void. It leads to symptoms of hesitancy, strain, urgency, frequent and painful voiding. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Michaels
166 Doctors shared insights

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (Overview)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with some medications or surgery.


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Began experiencing benign-prostatic-hyperplasia symptoms about time started effexor (venlafaxine). Worse as dose increased (150 mg now). Side-effect or coincidence?

Began experiencing benign-prostatic-hyperplasia symptoms about time started effexor (venlafaxine). Worse as dose increased (150 mg now). Side-effect or coincidence?

Depends: Urinary symptoms are not typical side effects of effexor (venlafaxine). It is possible that the symptoms that concern you may be related to Effexor (venlafaxine) but obstructive and irritative voiding symptoms are not common side effects of this drug. ...Read more

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (Tip)

Limit caffeine and alcohol intake because they can make you urinate more. ...See more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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What can I do and not do if I have benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What can I do and not do if I have benign prostatic hyperplasia?

For BPH,: ...The most important thing to do is to work with a urologist to assess your symptoms & level of urinary bother. If you have no symptoms or bother, there is little that must be done. If you have significant bother or complications from bph, treatment with medication or even surgery is indicated. You should also minimize things that worsen symptoms, such as caffeine and late night fluid intake. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What is the treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Varies.: To shrink the prostate, drugs like Finasteride are used. To improve sx and increase urine flow, alpha-agonists like doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are used. These drugs have an antihypertensive effect, so start on low doses and work up. There are of courseurologic procedures, but most people are started on these medications. An exam of the prostate, psa, and prostate ultraound are frequently obtained. ...Read more

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (Tip)

Prostate-healthy=heart-healthy diet. Add zinc (25-50 mg) and vit d3 to diet. Avoid decongestants/... ...See more

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Describe the features of benign prostatic hyperplasia (b.P.H.).?

Obstruction of urine: It involves enlargement of prostatic stromal and epithelial cells, resulting in the formation of large, discrete nodules in the area of prostate surrounding the urethra. When sufficiently large, the nodules compress the urethra causing partial, or sometimes complete, blockage of the urethra, making one unable to void. It leads to symptoms of hesitancy, strain, urgency, frequent and painful voiding. ...Read more

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (Tip)

If you take flomax, (tamsulosin) do make sure you inform your ophthalmologist before cataract surgery. ...See more

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What can I do and not do if I have benign prostatic hyperplasia?

For BPH,: ...The most important thing to do is to work with a urologist to assess your symptoms & level of urinary bother. If you have no symptoms or bother, there is little that must be done. If you have significant bother or complications from bph, treatment with medication or even surgery is indicated. You should also minimize things that worsen symptoms, such as caffeine and late night fluid intake. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to take for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What is the best medicine to take for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Depends!: Best medicine always depends upon you: if you can't afford it, then it's no good to you. If you won't take it, it's no good. If you can't tolerate side effects, it's no good. Options for BPH include Alpha blockers (+/- BP lowering properties), 5ari (shrink prostate & lower psa), and now daily cialis, too. Talk to your family doc to figure out what's best for you. ...Read more

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Be cautious regarding possible urinary retention when taking nasal decongestants. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: benign prostatic hyperplasia?

What is the definition or description of: benign prostatic hyperplasia?

BPH: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (hypertrophy) is an enlargement of the prostate gland in males that can constrict the male urethra leading to retention of urine, feelings of urgency, etc. If severe enough, it can be treated with some medications or surgery. ...Read more

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What all could be the potential causes for benign prostatic hyperplasia in young men?

What all could be the potential causes for benign prostatic hyperplasia in young men?

Very unusual: I don't know the cause of BPH in a younger male but it is extremely rare in younger men. Its pretty much a normal finding in elderly men. ...Read more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Can we use neostigmin in benign prostatic hyperplasia? Or what is the newest drug for bph?

Not for BPH: Neostigmine is often used to treat neuromuscular disease such as myasthenia gravis--and has many side effects. It is not for bph. There hasn't been new drug lately for bph, last one was rapaflo (silodosin) (approved 2008) and combo of older meds (jalyn-2010), and Cialis (2012) as an adjunct treatment for bph. I certainly hope you don't have BPH at age 21. Consult doc if you have concern/problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can benign prostatic hyperplasia be cured without without surgery and lifelong medication?

Not even with: surgery and medication. Surgery and medication will control some of the symptoms of BPH, but the changes in the prostate gland persist, i.e., there is no cure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Varies.: To shrink the prostate, drugs like Finasteride are used. To improve sx and increase urine flow, alpha-agonists like doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are used. These drugs have an antihypertensive effect, so start on low doses and work up. There are of courseurologic procedures, but most people are started on these medications. An exam of the prostate, psa, and prostate ultraound are frequently obtained. ...Read more

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Ideas? What medicine to take for bph (benign prostatic hyperplasia)?

Ideas? What medicine to take for bph (benign prostatic hyperplasia)?

Alpha blockers: The initial treatment typically is a class of drugs known as Alpha blockers. ...Read more

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What can I do about possible treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Many options: Treatment with medications, surgery and other approaches for improving urine flow are discussed in the information given in this site. There are multiple types of medications as well as multiple varieties of invasive treatments.
http://kidney. Niddk. Nih. Gov/kudiseases/pubs/prostateenlargement/. ...Read more

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I have benign prostatic hyperplasia. Can taking Claritin (loratadine) aggravate my symptoms?

I have benign prostatic hyperplasia. Can taking Claritin (loratadine) aggravate my symptoms?

Yes.: Claritin (loratadine) has an anticholinergic effect on nerves like most antihistamines. It is middle of the road in anticholinergic effect. This can cause worsening BPH symptoms. Talk to your doctor about changing to an antihistamine with no anticholinergic effect such as Cetirizine (zyrtec) or fenofexadine (allegra), . ...Read more

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How do antihistamines make benign prostatic hyperplasia worse?

How do antihistamines make benign prostatic hyperplasia worse?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines decreases the ability of the bladder muscle to contract. As a result, if you have an enlarged prostate causing obstruction, it would make it twice as difficult to urinate. ...Read more

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Began experiencing benign-prostatic-hyperplasia symptoms about time started effexor (venlafaxine). Worse as dose increased (150 mg now). Side-effect or coincidence?

Depends: Urinary symptoms are not typical side effects of effexor (venlafaxine). It is possible that the symptoms that concern you may be related to Effexor (venlafaxine) but obstructive and irritative voiding symptoms are not common side effects of this drug. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia?

How can you distinguish between prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Can't: For the most part, prostate cancer has no real symptoms. Many people with benign enlargement of the prostate develop prostate cancer and many people without enlargement of the prostate also develop prostate cancer. Your best defense is to see a urologist and have annual examination and PSA screening. ...Read more

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Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?

Coud there be another treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph) besides doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin)?

BPH: Treatments for BPH fall into two categories; medical and surgical. Medical therapy includes Alpha blocker medications to improve urine flow and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors to shrink the gland. The surgical options include thermal or laser destruction of prostatic tissue or transurthral resection of prostaic tissue (turp). The "best" treatment is a very individual thing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy bph?

What are the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy bph?

Frequent urination: Frequent urination, increased urgency of urination, dribbling after urination, decreased urinary flow, and lower volume of voiding are all common symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Bph (Definition)

BPH is abbrev of benign prostate hyperplasia, which is a general, confusing, clinical term for men's trouble to void although it is a pathological term to describe microscopic increase in number & size of glandular cells in the prostate, starting as early as age 30. For better use, LUTS is proposed to replace BPH. More? Go to ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more